Flight instructor - Salary and Career
Aeronautical piloting professionals

Flight instructor - Career description, activities, functions and salary

They pilot large airplanes or helicopters to transport passengers or cargo on national or international flights, conduct navigation by operating the aircraft's systems, following a pre-established flight plan and applying air traffic rules and safety procedures, giving flight instructions theoretical and practical lessons in aero clubs or airlines, carry out flight tests on prototypes with the purpose of approving new models and types of aircraft, perform special flights on aircraft that have just left the production lines or maintenance workshops.

How much does an Flight instructor earn

A Flight instructor earns between $1.100 and $18.821 per month, with an average monthly salary of $4.528 and a median salary of $1.212 according to an Averwage.com salary survey along with to data of professionals hired and fired by companies in the labor market.

Our research is based on the salaries of 285 professionals hired and dismissed by the period from 06/2021 to 05/2022 (last year).

Salary ranges for the Flight instructor

Monthly Salary Annual Salary Salary Per Week Hourly Salary
Average wage 4.528 54.338 1.132 23
1º Quartile 1.100 13.200 275 6
Median Salary 1.212 14.544 303 6
3º Quartile 14.354 172.243 3.588 72
Higher Salary 18.821 225.851 4.705 94

Professional job categories

  • Science and arts professionals
    • professionals of the exact sciences, physics and engineering
      • professionals in air, sea and river navigation
        • aeronautical piloting professionals

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Main workplaces

Aeronautical piloting professionals these workers work in areas linked to air transport, research and development, public administration, defense and social security, recreational, cultural and sports activities. They are registered employees. They work with occasional supervision, individually and in teams, in vehicles and at irregular hours. Eventually, they work under pressure, leading to a stressful situation, spend long periods in uncomfortable positions, at great heights, confined and exposed to toxic materials, high temperatures, intense noise and sunlight.

What does it take to work in the field of Aeronautical piloting professionals

To enter these occupations, it is necessary, at least, to complete high school, three to four years of professional experience and a basic qualification course of up to two hundred class hours for the Flight Instructor and more than four hundred class hours for the others. This family is composed of professionals who reach the levels of experience and technical competence required by the DAC - Department of Civil Aviation to be qualified as PLA - Airline Pilots (airplane) or PLAH - (helicopter). With the growth of the Brazilian aviation industry, the test pilot course was created at the CTA, which is enabled by the DAC.

Functions and activities of Flight instructor

Aeronautical piloting professionals must:

  • deliver flight instruction;
  • participate in aircraft design;
  • give flight instruction;
  • pilot aircraft;
  • manage flight;
  • participate in aircraft projects;
  • execute test flight;
  • establish communication;
  • manage your flight;
  • perform production and maintenance flight;
  • planning flight;
  • flying aircraft;
  • perform test flight;
  • demonstrate personal skills;
  • manage the flight;
  • delivery flight instruction;
  • plan flight;

  • Activities

    • calculate fuel quantity;
    • approve functionality of aircraft systems;
    • open aircraft flight domain;
    • establish communication with air traffic agencies;
    • perform external inspection of the aircraft;
    • fall aircraft;
    • assist student in the execution of maneuvers;
    • demonstrate self-control;
    • analyze risk levels;
    • demonstrate instruments and their purposes;
    • monitor risk tests;
    • synchronize activities with crew;
    • record student performance;
    • develop normal and emergency procedures;
    • work as a team;
    • establish contact with the company;
    • coordinate test safety team;
    • forward student to proficiency exam;
    • get information about the weather conditions of the route and destination;
    • validate emergency procedures;
    • proceed to descent the aircraft;
    • explain maneuvers;
    • demonstrate self-confidence;
    • complete flight plan;
    • evaluate flight quality;
    • master the english language;
    • consult aircraft operating manuals;
    • represent the aircraft operator;
    • perform limit maneuvers;
    • interpret weather information;
    • demonstrate oral and written expression;
    • demonstrate maneuvers;
    • coordinate crew activities;
    • prepare aircraft systems;
    • act in emergency situations;
    • check compliance with approved project;
    • produce aeronautical information;
    • enter occurrences in the logbook;
    • define cabin layout;
    • report emergency situations;
    • monitor aircraft systems;
    • participate in the analysis of consequences of possible failures;
    • follow air traffic guidelines;
    • use standard phraseology;
    • demonstrate motor coordination;
    • perform ascent to cruise level;
    • guide student on each phase of flight (taxiing, takeoff, ascent, descent, landing);
    • evaluate student;
    • check systems functionality;
    • check actions and procedures of each stage of the flight through the checklist;
    • demonstrate persistence;
    • approve test programs;
    • approve flight manual;
    • demonstrate spatial orientation;
    • prove regulatory compliance;
    • release student for solo flight;
    • handle aircraft controls;
    • flying aircraft within operational limits;
    • demonstrate discipline;
    • push aircraft;
    • make decisions;
    • supervise student in the execution of maneuvers;
    • demonstrate humility;
    • demonstrate quick thinking;
    • validate normal procedures;
    • adjust the student's instructional program;
    • taxir aircraft;
    • analyze test results;
    • providing support services and comfort material for passengers;
    • measure aircraft performance;
    • check flight quality;
    • calculate aircraft weight and balance;
    • fly in formation;
    • according to relevant regulations;
    • manage conflicts;
    • teach student in flight planning and management;
    • conduct cruise flight (navigation);
    • create reports;
    • deliver theoretical courses;
    • consult publications and aeronautical information;
    • position student in cabin;
    • demonstrate interpersonal skills;
    • evaluate operational limits;
    • request air traffic authorization;
    • work as a team;
    • demonstrate physical and psychological ability;
    • learn about the weather conditions of the route and destination;
    • drop aircraft;
    • validate simulation models;
    • demonstrate adaptability to the environment;
    • inform positions;
    • optimize flight plan (route, altitude, speed);
    • take off;
    • monitor aircraft supply;
    • prepare aircraft for overnight stay;
    • check aircraft documentation;
    • check cargo and passenger manifest;
    • land aircraft;
    • establish communication with other aircraft;
    • mitigating risks;
    • schedule student instruction;
    • provide information to passengers;
    • check aircraft performance;
    • define regulatory verification methods;

    Sectors that hire Flight instructor the most in the job market

    • flying courses
    • social, sports and similar clubs
    • activities of associations for the defense of social rights
    • other sports activities
    • higher education - undergraduate and postgraduate
    • associative activities
    • technical level vocational education
    • rental of other commercial and industrial machinery and equipment, without operator
    • aircraft maintenance and repair
    • preparatory courses for contests

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